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Man charged with attempted sexual assault of 5-year-old

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BECKLEY (WVVA) - A Mercer County man is behind bars after police say he attempted to sexually assault a juvenile in Raleigh County.

Johnnie Champ, 44, of Princeton was arrested after the Beckley Police Department received a complaint that he had attempted to sexually assault a woman's five-year-old daughter, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint states that Champ and the woman had met online through a dating website. Champ had expressed interest to the woman in having sexual relations with a young juvenile in exchange for money, then asked her to arrange a sexual encounter between him and her daughter.

The complaint states the woman found this notion "reprehensible," and developed a plan to agree to his requests while planning to contact law enforcement to report his actions.

After agreeing to let him come to her house under the premise that he would have sexual contact with her daughter for $104, the woman attempted to contact law enforcement but was unable to speak to an officer. She then asked three of her male friends to hide in her home and the surrounding area to help keep her and her daughter safe.

Champ arrived at her home at approximately 12 a.m. on June 10 and observed the child asleep on a couch, the complaint states. Champ then advised the mother to carry the girl upstairs and undress her.

At this time, two of the men whom the mother had asked for help stopped him on the stairway, and the mother called the police and reported the incident. The two men were able to get Champ outside of the home and officers arrived to arrest Champ.

Champ is charged with attempted first-degree sexual assault. He's being held at Southern Regional Jail on $250,000 bond.

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